Andrew Bolt has this welcome piece of news about the Dutch which he titles, Dutch to Cure Welfare Disease. A society cannot be built one part industrious and the other part mendicant:
DUTCH king Willem-Alexander has delivered a message to his people from the government: the welfare state of the 20th century is gone.
In its place a ‘participation society’ is emerging, in which people must take responsibility for their own future and create their own social and financial safety nets, with less help from the national government, he said in a nationally televised address. . . .
‘The shift to a “participation society” is especially visible in social security and long-term care,’ the king said, reading out to lawmakers a speech written for him by Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s government.
‘The classic welfare state of the second half of the 20th century in these areas in particular brought forth arrangements that are unsustainable in their current form.’